It’s been an extremely busy few weeks and there isn’t a sign of slowing down anytime soon. As we reach our last three weeks of vacation here in America, our calendar is filling up with one more visit to each family member and a few big days out to stock up on before we return to the UK. We are missing Daddy so much so it will be such an amazing reunion for us all but I am not going to lie, the hot weather, family, swimming and playing outside everyday can never get old. I will miss it so very much.
Welcome to this week’s #LittleLoves round up joining in with Butwhymummywhy and a lovely group of loyal linkers.
The Girl On The Train literally just came in the mail while I was typing and I may have squealed for a new book. I have been loving the slower pace of life and getting to read a few chapters every night. I have been through a few books already while I have been here which was my goal. I know the next few weeks will be full of goodbyes and a busy schedule but I am hoping to get this book done before I return to the UK. Everyone has been raving about it. I have a few more books on my to read list before Christmas too. I am enjoying getting back into real books especially reading with this view, it’s so calming.
Luke Bryan is a favorite of mine as far as country music goes. I love being home and blaring the radio in the car with all my favorite songs for once. When I first moved to the UK, I wondered why the UK doesn’t have country music or most countries besides us for that matter. I think it’s because most of the country songs that are so popular are all about American living. The words to this one fit my small town to perfection but I can’t imagine there is any place in the UK where there are hillbillies partying in trucks in the back road of a mountain and kicking up the dust. That sentence just makes me laugh.
I have had very limited wifi here at my parents so sharing videos is extremely hard. I had these grand ideas of filming a bunch while I was here in the states but storage and not being able to access my icloud for some reason put a cork in that goal really quick. But I snuck into Starbucks to get My Expat Life – Episode Three live for you all. It’s a week late, sorry but I hope you enjoy a sneak peak of where I grew up. Don’t forget to keep the questions coming, you can comment below or even tweet me.
MM is strutting her new Boden kaftan this week. I was so excited she finally fit into it as I bought it back in May. I love Boden kids clothes and all the vibrant colors and patterns they always have for kids clothes. You can’t pass her awesome Little & Fierce sunglasses that she is also growing into more and yet has adorned them all summer long.
It got cooler for a day by that I mean like 70 instead 100 degrees f, so we got to put on light sweaters for a day or two and ease up on the sun block. It was nice but I am glad the hot weather is back for the next few weeks. I need to store it up until next July where we will come back here agian. MM is wearing a jumpsuit from the Kardashian collection, I am wearing my bargain chevron dress from last year with my new MK side purse that I scored in Seattle when Mr P and I went for our anniversary.
I have been baking in my momma’s kitchen a lot the past week. I have been taking sitting down lately and creating recipes from scratch and thinking of various combinations of goodies that will pair together nicely. This Salted Oreo Cookie Bar recipe was a huge hit with extended family here. It basically was your Rice Krispies treat recipe and I substituted Oreo Cookies and then added pretzels and drizzled salted chocolate on top to finish it off.
If you have been on my facebook page or instagram you would see that I have been making various cupcakes this week too. These delicious pink ones below were a practice run to make the perfect buttercream frosting and to practice various designs on cupcakes. I still don’t know which designs are my favorite but it beats how I used to do them with a butter knife. lol Next week, I will be sharing a dark chocolate cupcake with almond Hershey’s buttercream frosting that is to die for. It really came out so good. I think I have made over five dozen cupcakes this week alone. I can’t wait to share the recipes with you all soon.
One of my oldest and dearest childhood friends came to town to visit me and the kids with her two boys. Together we got our kids and another best friend’s daughter and went hiking in the mountains and up to a beautiful little waterfall. I love exploring the great outdoors with my kids and showing them new things. They were absolutely in love with the waterfall and it’s sheer power to fall so far from the middle of a rock. B kept wanting to know how water got so high up in the sky. It was funny. The kids all played so well together.